This week, leading up to time change and spring break, we have noticed the trees blooming white in our neighborhood. This is one of the early signs of spring. Most everything else around it has not started blooming, but these trees are beautifully white. We have started noticing them all over town. I wasn’t sure
Geography Learning all those trails can be overwhelming, but we have really enjoyed CC Happy Mom on youTube. She puts the memory work to song. The song includes the states where the trails start and stop. If you like this one, check out her other videos as well. We like the one about canals for
We are 75% done with our cycle 3 semester for Classical Conversations. One of my daughters is shooting for memory master. It’s our first time on this journey. We are going from learning the material good enough to true mastery. And it’s tough! I’ve also noticed my third grader (not the memory master) has
Making learning fun is one of my mottos for creative education. This motto is exactly what drew me to the book Games for Learning. This book gives lots of ideas for games to play with pre-schoolers through third grade. These games help children develop academic skills.
I have always loved to play cards. In fact, for my seventh birthday, my parents bought me 32 decks of cards!!* So, I have been anxiously awaiting the time when my kids are old enough to enjoy a game of cards with me. Crazy 8s. The time has come where now two of my girls
We are 75% done with our memory work. This is a good week to review and apply previous concepts – especially with science and English grammar.
In the last few weeks of our grammar class, we have learned about indirect objects, direct objects, objects of the preposition, object complement nouns, and object complement adjectives. My students can figure some of these out when the pattern is predictable, but are they able to apply what they learned when the sentence patterns are
How do you keep the kids from going stir-crazy while waiting at the doctors’ office, while waiting in the car, or while they are bored somewhere that is not too kid-friendly? Here are top five educational games we do, that require little if any props: The classic Eye Spy Game. Take turns ‘spying’ an object in
Does it seem odd to you to teach probability during our science experiment time? It seems more like a math topic, right? Science and math are truly integrated (chemistry, physics, etc all involve math). However, it helps to know how science and probability are connected. Understanding odds helps us in the discussion of origins. During
Since we refer to our 100 chart so often, I laminated it. Here are a few of the fun ways we do math – hands on and using visuals to make math concepts come alive. Counting! Of course, you can use it for counting. Point to the numbers as you go. But, to make it